I just added a custom date field. It seems to auto-populate with 01/01/2001. How do I get the date field to be blank by default, until I add a date?
You can’t. That’s a default property of the date controller.
Shame, as it incorrectly populates that field in every document.
A workaround might be to set the date to e.g.
Yes, a workaround. Is that possible? It would effectively make the default date redundant, as no edited dates would be in that range.
I switched to a text field; it can be left blank
…which is fine, of course, unless you need to sort by the date in the custom metadata field.
When I want sortable dates that are text, I use the format YYYY-MM-DD or YY-MM-DD. Works. Creation of this format surely can be automated.
Edit: We used this format when I was on the fringes of an operation to manage process control technology at plants around the world. The above format was unambiguous regardless of the country. For example, 06/01/21 means at least two different things.